It’s all fun and games until someone loses their head and part of their stem. I was just trying to reposition one of the Green Zone bags to let the one living sunflower get some air, and…oh, snap!
This is a way of introducing some of the minor disasters–-beheading, kidnapping, disease, drought–-going on in Green Zone nowadays. Don’t get me wrong: overall, the garden is thriving, but who likes a garden blog about the best of times, all the time?
Last seen on Sunday, this big, pimply, cream-colored gourd is missing in action as of this morning. Its companion, the little dark green gourd, is still hanging on. I’ve been watching the big one grow for a while…thinking about putting its photo on a milk carton to see if it will turn up.
At the same time, powdery mildew (puts the ew in mildew) is beating up the gourd stems and leaves. At this point, I can’t do much to keep up with it besides picking off the saddest leaves. It seems to be sticking to the gourd plants, so I’m not terribly concerned.
As for drought, it’s more like old age. This has been such a wet summer that keeping up with the watering has been pretty easy. It’s just that some of the plants are starting to think about fall. The dill has formed seedheads and is starting to brown, and the bachelors buttons now have more straw-colored flowers than blue ones. Hang on! I’m rooting for Green Zone to keep active through September.